At just 2.9" in height with a 1.2" ball, the BH-30 Ball Head with Mini Screw-Knob Clamp from Really Right Stuff is a great support solution in a small form factor. With a load capacity of 15 lb, the BH-30 is a great match for pro cameras with lenses up to 70-200mm and mirrorless and bridge cameras alike. The head features an oversized spring-loaded locking T-lever that can be conveniently pulled out and repositioned in 60-degree increments. The panning base has a separate lock and is laser-engraved in 2.5-degree increments from 0-360 degrees for accurate repeatability.
- 15 lb Load Capacity
- Max Height: 2.9"
- Panning Base with Engraved Degree Marks
- Base Diameter 1.6", Ball Diameter 1.2"
Really Right Stuff BH-30 with Knob Overview
Really Right Stuff BH-30 with Knob Specs
|Head Type||Ball Head|
|Base Mount||3/8"-16 Female|
|Quick Release Plate Type||Arca-Type|
|Load Capacity||15 lb / 6.8 kg|
|Number of Bubble Levels||None|
|Independent Pan Lock||Yes|
|Ball Sphere Diameter||1.2" / 30 mm|
|Base Diameter||1.6" / 40 mm|
|Weight||9.9 oz / 280 g|
|Package Weight||1.07 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||5.85 x 4.9 x 4.5"|
Really Right Stuff BH-30 with Knob Reviews
Worth the wait and money!
This amazing ball head was on back order, and I'm glad I waited. It is perfect for my D850 Sigma Art 24-105 f4 or Z 7II Z 24-70 f2.8 S on either my FEISOL Mini Tripod TT-15 Mark 2 or my MeFOTO BackPacker S Carbon Fiber Travel. I was looking for a small, lightweight ball head, and this fits the bill perfectly. Extremely well made, in the USA!
RRS - Industry Standard
BH-30 handles a lot more than its size would indicate. Whether you attach at your camera base with up to a 24mm-70mm f2.8, or with the tripod collar on a 70mm-200mm f2.8, this ball head really does well.
Misfit with Gitzo Travel Tripod
This is NOT a review of the BH-30's performance, first of all. The ball head works without any flaws. Unlike the Acratech GP-s Ball Head that I brought from B&H earlier, the BH-30 is rock solid without any play once it's locked tight. However, I brought the BH-30 for travel/hiking use. It's little too big for the legs to fold flat in the reverse mode when you turn the legs 180-degree to close. What this means is that either I need to take the ball head off or I live with the defect whenever I need to fold the tripod in the reverse mode. Of course, if I wanted to live with the defect, I'd have to take the risk that the legs can be cracked or bent when something heavy falls on it unexpectedly. Thanks for B&H's great customer service, it's going back. I'll try RRS's BH-25. Perhaps that's what I need for my tripod.
Solid as a rock
Bought it used and very satisfied. It works with my Nikon d810 w/tamron 150-600mm on it. Mainly use with a 16-35 & 24-70mm, but it’s nice having something compact that can handle some weight and not budge.
Best Ball Head Ever
This is the Best Ball Head I have ever purchased. I got this one to use with the RRS TQC 14 tripod. Great light weight combination for a tripod and ball head. The quality is outstanding. A bit expensive but worth it.
Excellent compact ball head
I purchased this ball head for use with my Gizto 1545 Traveler Series tripod. It is an excellent fit for this model and I would think for pretty much any similar tripod. The ball and panning base actions are very smooth. The respective control knobs are easy to turn and quickly lock the ball and panning base tightly. This ball head is solid and easily holds my Nikon D850 with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. It could easily do much more.
Rock solid support in a compact form
Great little ball head with a great weight to strength ratio. No problem with holding my Sony 100-400 GM on a A7R3 without any noticeable dip after composing and tightening the lever knob. I'm using it with the Small Rig L-bracket and did not experience any issues with the lever knob interfering with the L-bracket as some other reviewers. Also, the minimal width of the compact Arca-Swiss plate knob allows me to use a cable remote control switch when the camera is mounted on the tripod in the portrait mode using the L-bracket. With a wider plate this setup may be too tight or simply not possible as the cable port would be obstructed by the plate. I would highly recommend this ball head and plate combo to anyone using a similar rig.
RRS scores top marks
I already owned the BH-40 on my standard tripod but wanted a smaller, lighter head for my Gitzo travel pod as the one supplied as part of the package was just too heavy and disappointingly didn't adjust 100% smoothly. The BH-30 has reduced the load by 6 ounces and the ball action/adjustment is so smooth under load it's unbelievable. Top marks for Really Right Stuff.
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